15 Landmarks to be Illuminated Green, Yellow and Red.

Governor Kathy Hochul today issued a proclamation declaring March 29, 2024 as Vietnam Veterans Day in New York State, honoring the bravery and sacrifice of our state and nation’s Vietnam Veterans and marking 51 years from the date that the final American combat troops departed the Republic of Vietnam. Landmarks across the state will illuminate in the vibrant colors of the Vietnam Service Medal, symbolizing the valor of those who served during this historic period. The green, yellow, and red hues represent the courageous service members who served on the ground in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, or in the surrounding waters and airspace.

“Vietnam Veterans epitomize courage and selflessness, and it’s essential that we recognize and honor their contributions to our country,” Governor Hochul said. “As we illuminate our landmarks in their honor, we express our deepest gratitude and respect for their service.”

Commissioner Viviana DeCohen of the New York State Department of Veterans’ Services said, “Our Vietnam Veterans have long deserved the recognition and appreciation owed to them. Through this gesture, we strive to ensure that their sacrifices are never forgotten and that their legacy of service continues to inspire future generations.”

With an estimated 198,173 Vietnam Veterans residing in New York State, their enduring impact is undeniable. The names of the 4,119 New Yorkers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war are etched alongside thousands of others on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The New York State Vietnam Memorial, located on the Empire State Plaza in Albany, serves as a poignant reminder of their valor and sacrifice.

The following state landmarks will be illuminated in green, yellow, and red tonight:

  • One World Trade Center

  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

  • Kosciuszko Bridge

  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building

  • State Education Building

  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building

  • Empire State Plaza

  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center

  • Niagara Falls

  • Albany International Airport Gateway

  • Lake Placid Olympic Center

  • MTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn Station

  • Fairport Lift Bridge over the Erie Canal  

  • Moynihan Train Hall

  • Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

About the Department of Veterans’ Services

The New York State Department of Veterans’ Services, serving as the state’s advocacy agency for veterans, service members, and military families since 1945, maintains an agency-wide commitment to serving all veterans, service members, and military families. Services include claims and appeals for benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, discharge upgrade appeals to the United States Department of Defense, and claims for New York State benefits. Veterans, service members, and military families are encouraged to contact the Department at 888-838-7697 or visit veterans.ny.gov to meet — in person or virtually — with an accredited Veterans Benefits Advisor to address their needs and gain the full measure of benefits earned. Follow DVS on FacebookInstagram, and X (formerly Twitter).


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